Lest We Forget

Time with God cannot be hurried for fear that we will forget to commune with Him and transcend time and circumstances.

So often in the past, I would rush out of the house on my way to work without having had a personal time of prayer. My life was lackluster, lacking spiritual growth, and my dreams were not being fulfilled. I often felt as if God did not hear me, nor did he seem to answer my prayers. My prayers, I will refer to as “flash prayers” or “popcorn prayers”, were hurried and on the go. I was too busy to hear God and too busy to realize God’s vision for my life.

As I was reading from Oswald Chamber’s devotional this morning, the message was a reminder that we are to spend time with God if we are not to lose God’s vision and stay revived in His Word. “The only way to be obedient to ‘the heavenly vision’, is to give our utmost for His highest … This is accomplished when we make a determination to continually remember God’s vision. But the acid test is obedience to the vision in the details of our everyday life – sixty seconds out of every minute, and sixty minutes out of every hour, not just during times of personal prayer”.  We must continually ask the Lord to “bend our heart toward His that we might fall more deeply in love with Jesus”[1]. Neglect this instruction, and “it is at the risk of our own soul’s welfare that we get caught up in practical busy-work, only to miss the fulfillment of the vision.”[2]

God wants more than anything for us to spend quality time with Him. And when we take the time to seek His face, only then can we commune with Him and transcend both time and circumstances. Only then can our prayers be answered; only then can Revival be the power of Christ to transform us into His likeness; only then can we love others as Jesus loved us.  This is God’s vision and desire for us.

Time with God cannot be hurried.  It is essential that we live and “walk in the light” of God’s vision for us (1 John 1:7). Will you realize God’s vision for you and be revived by spending time with Him daily?

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Copyright 2017 by Bill Hutzel

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FOOTNOTES:
[1] Zarephath Christian Church sermon series, “Bend Me”, http://www.zarephath.org/sermonseries/
[2] Chicago: Obedience to the “Heavenly Vision” | My Utmost for His Highest, http://utmost.org/obedience-to-the-heavenly-vision/ (accessed February 09, 2017)